Beware of ‘sipsipolitics,’ UNA tells Aquino

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The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Monday warned President Aquino against what it described as “pseudo reformists” among his allies who could undermine his reform programs, as it bucked moves to paint UNA as an enemy of the President’s anticorruption agenda.

UNA secretary general Tobias Tiangco protested the statement of Liberal Party member Ben Evardone who had accused UNA of straddling two horses by claiming to support the Aquino administration while attacking its programs.

UNA’s bets are going head to head with the candidates of the LP-led coalition Team Pinoy in the May 13 elections.

Tiangco said that if UNA were straddling two horses, then Evardone must be “straddling the carousel” because he had been quick to change political affiliations with every new President.

In a press briefing, Tiangco described UNA as a “constructive opposition” that would praise the administration for its commendable acts and criticize its misguided policies.

In contrast, the UNA official said, the likes of Evardone and other “former Arroyo loyalists” could be detrimental to the President’s moves to initiate reforms since they would tell the sitting President only what he wanted to hear.

Sucking up


Tiangco described the practice as “sipsipolitics,” or sucking up to those in power.

“In the end, the President’s reform agenda (would) suffer because of sipsipolitics. That is the price that (would) be exacted by the LP’s decision to open (its) doors to just about anyone willing to wear yellow and flash the ‘L’ sign,” Tiangco said.

He added that “pseudo-reformists” could spell the failure of the President’s reforms because nobody would point out the administration’s weaknesses and provide suggestions to improve its programs.


Beautiful road

The UNA official took exception to LP ads that have a line saying, “Sa daang matuwid, marami ang gustong sumali. Pero mayroon ding nagpapanggap lamang (Many want to join the straight and narrow path, but some are only pretending to be so).

UNA, he said, had never pretended to join the straight and narrow path, but instead had forged its own “beautiful road.”

“With daang maganda, our lives would be beautiful,” Tiangco said.

The UNA official also warned against attempts to sow intrigue between the President and UNA’s top man, Vice President Jejomar Binay, as there is no animosity between the two.

Meanwhile, UNA senatorial candidate Ernesto Maceda said UNA’s common candidates with Team Pinoy should be dropped from its ranks if they favored the President’s group.

Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda, and Grace Poe Llamanzares are running under both UNA and the Team Pinoy.

“For me, if they speak with the LP and don’t speak with us, then I think we’ll have to, in some form or another, drop our support,” Maceda said in a press briefing.


Their choice


He added that the three common candidates could opt to appear on stage at both UNA and LP events, or choose not to join either group during the campaign. A third option is to join only one party during its sorties.

The common candidates are welcome to join UNA whenever they are free, Tiangco said.

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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Benigno Aquino , Government , Liberal Party , Politics , Team Pinoy , UNA

  • simondj

    tama ang sabi ni TIANGCO, kasi si BINAY OIC lang ng makati noon, pa raly rally pa siya noon ayaw niya sa political dynasty,,, look what happened, in the end, his rallys ends according to his selfish desire. sa UNA si DICK GORDON lang ang pwede, that is to my judgment.

    • hustlergalore

      gordon is only there because he needed an organized party for his national campaign. that is all. LOL

    • Noel

      Nope.  Dick should not be given another chance along with Mitos Magsaysay, Migz Zubiri, Tingting Cojuangco ang Nancy Binay.

      • tagatabas

         ok karapatan mo yan, kung magbago ang isip mo na pwede naman try to look kung ano ba ang nagawa ni Gordon….. the rest basura na as you said, agree ako

    • tagatabas

       agree ako

  • bogli_anakdami

    SIPSIP/SUPSOP??? ask ms gigi… ekspert sya jan…

  • boybakal

    Simula ng maupo si Pnoy, dumami ang SipsipButopolitcs…aywan ko kung bakit.
    Seguro, birds of the same feather.
     No.1 si Joey Salceda Chicungunya mosquito at sister Evardone sa pagsipsip.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Sa palagay mo kaya hindi pagsisisipsip ang ginagawa mong puro
      kaBOYBAhan at KALbaryo sa mga bayan at mga kababayan mo?  Mayro’n pa bang mas mahalaga sa sinasabi ng kunsiyensiya?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    “xxx moves to paint UNA as enemies of the President’s anti-corruption agenda”…
    Wala pa ba si UNA TIYAN KO, sa UNA, when he tried to discredit the impeachment?
    wala pa ba siya sa UNA nang mag-holed up sa capitolyo si Gwen nang ma-suspinde as governor of Cebu?  Ano ba ang role ng UNA sa kasong ito?  Hindi ba may batas para sa kasong ito?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding


  • opinyonlangpo

    Tiangco must have an amnesia or may have been hybernating for a year or so. He seems out of touch with the real deal.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Why sisipolitics?

    Why not chupapolitics?

    • Noel

      UNA has two senatorial candidates who could belong to chupapolitics:  Dick Gordon and Ernie Maceda.

    • tagatabas

       whatever same meaning naman yan

  • boybakal

    Tiangco described the practice as “sipsipolitics,” or SUCKING UP those in power.

    For sure, these politicians who are in sipsipolitics will not last long.
    Either they die young or suffer television.
    Beware of Sipsipoliticos, they are contagious.

  • nes911

    UNA nga ang deprimerong sipsip. Wala naman pinagkaiba sa kabilang partido.

  • $37644997

    The lesser of two evils should win.

  • Noel

    Evardone is GMA’s spy out to destroy LP and Pnoy administration.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7YDRKJWX2RXHUWECZ6WWLSIEI Lopez Jaena

    Toby Tiangco, what political party is not populated by sipsips just like what you are. Jojo Binay was sipsip to Cory and it paid off. Now boss na si Jojo. Hindi masama sumipsip, what is bad is pag ikaw nag nakaw sa bayan! Yung mga nag-aaway-away sa paligid ni Binay lahat yan sipsip. You are the Number 1 sipsip to Jojo, isn’t it? Pag ikaw ang sipsip ok lang diba? So that’s not the way to develop a political strategy. Huwag mong siraan ang mga sipsip kay PNoy. UNA should instead offer a better plan that can stand against the boys of PNoy. Trabaho ka Toby huwag kang cry baby!

  • richard ortega

    toby tiangco pang perya ka na lang o pa rehab ka na.

    • tagatabas

       alam mo rin ba na addict si Tiangco, kilala sa Navotas yan na pusher at usher

  • ninerkiddo

    (5) minutes ago this ‘UTAL’ Tiangco testified for Corona; now he’s the spokesman of UNA?

    There is something wrong somewhere; what audacity this idiot have to insinuate innuendo…

    People should not even consider voting this moron even for his ‘EYEBROW’ mukhang hindi gagawa matino ito tao na ito.

    • tagatabas

       sa madaling salita yang si Tiangco ay isang addict

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Look who’s talking.
    Shut up at lalo mo lang binabaon ang UNA.
    Mahihirapan na kayong makabanON AH.


    Talo na yang ‘Team Pnoy’ kasi synoname ng ‘Team Abnoy’. Talo na rin yang slogan na ‘Sa daang matuwid….’ kasi tuwid na tuwid as in saradong utak, walang ‘due process of law’, basta kung ano lang maisip yon na yon. Kumbaga, ‘Holier than thou’ ang ‘daang matuwid’ = walang pag galang sa batas ng tao. Tuwad lang ng tuwad….. yeheyyyyyyy… talo na ang AB Boys…

    • dani77777

      Talo? Arikutik talaga isip mo.

      Isipin mo yong UNA. UNA sa kurakutan d ba ARIKUTIK?


    • tagatabas

       Wow si ARIKUTIKKUTIK kung magsalita parang may alam, nakikigamit lang ng computer sa call center  feeling niya kanya na ang computer, puyat ka lang at pagod itulog mo lang yan at mamaya ok ka na.

  • dani77777

    Doon sa daang matuwid makikita ang kinabukasan. Sa daang maganda ni Tiangco, bulaklak ang nasa gilid ngunit bangin na malalim sa kurbada.

    UNA. UNA sa kurakotan, UNA sa dayaan at UNA rin sa panlilinlang.

    Sige maUNAt na kayo sa daang Tobias.

    • tagatabas

       Tama ka jan

  • Labandera1

    Ang UNA ay pinangungunahan ng tatlong itlog Enrile, Binay and Estrada na may pusong bato at teteng mamon….UNA full of supsuptetelitiks na pinangungunahan ni Tiangco at Mitos na super susuptetelitiks

    • tagatabas

       hmm!! Tuloy mo lang at maganda ang tinutumbok mo… explore further.

  • speedstream2

    Mirror, mirror on the wall….

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Can your donkeys talk about job creations and job creations for the Filipino people?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    I will vote if you talk about job creations. 

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Where’s the job?

    • tagatabas

       coming soon

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    We want jobs, so will stay here in the PHilippinies.

  • boybakal

    Tama ang UNA…Daang Maganda.
    Kung Tuwid nga ang daan, kung may checkpoint, ratrat lang ang aabutin.
    Whereas ang Daang Maganda, maganda ang pinanggalingan, maganda ang patutunguhan.

    Kita nyo naman Enrile, Erap, matatanda na, lumalakad pa rin ng walang tungkod, diretso ang daan.
    Ano ang ibig sabihin…ibig sabihin, maganda ang kanilang buhay na dapat natin tularan.

    Tuwid nga ang daan, kung ang dadaan ay di naman maganda, wala ring pupuntahan.

    • tagatabas

       walang maganda sa sinabi mo

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      di na nga makatayo. Maganda nga ang UNA sa kurakutan.  Wala ring sinabi tungkol sa paggawa ng mga trabaho.  Puro maganda lang, ano ang maganda kung wala kakainin.  Kung sa pagmumukha ng tatlo ang papangit naman.

      Ano ba yan?  UNA sa kapangitan/

  • kismaytami

    Beware, not just of sipsipolitics, but ALL POLITICIANS.

  • DennisTan

    Evardone must be “straddling the carousel” because he had been quick to change political affiliations with every new President. – HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • DennisTan


  • risamyloves

    dapat namin iniisip tungkol sa pagpapabuti ng aming mga bansa kaysa sa pagturo ng daliri ..people pointing fingers here are either jealous or just want power

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/42RPTXVA6TQ56CRBHLWM2RKC6Y Julius

      ben evardone needs to chill

  • $37644997

    Beware of negative campaigning by UNA.”sipsip” was started by them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LVZ5CRNQLIGBIEK6RPQF5RCCGM Nelson

    “constructive opposition” i like the idea a really solid idea

    • JK1000

      Hahaha ! Naniwala ka naman .

  • ClaudineBeretta

    evardone shames us all with his “claims” kung wala ka magandang sasabihin wag ka nalang mag salita. kakahiya.

  • ThudOthwacker

    We can’t blame Evardone. Mar Roxas started this precedent. Mr. Palengke  entered UN assembly area reserved for head of states and official dignitaries. He is neither elected nor appointed. But that does not stop him to be a presidential groupie.

  • JK1000

    Mabuti na lang “sipsippolitics” lang ,sa mga UNA kasi mas marami sa kanilang “magnanakawpolitics” na marami sa miembro ng UNA ay mga dating nagpayaman at magnanakaw sa kaba ng bayan.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    UNA sinisipsip kaban ng bayan.  UNA sa political dynasties.  UNA sa kapangitan(3 stogies). UNA palagi sa katiwalian.

  • boybakal

    Sipsipolitics, Tuwad na pwet na daan.
    Politics is really getting nasty and dirty.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    UNA is the number one supporter of political dynasty, so don’t vote for their candidates with the exception of few .

  • kilabot

    in fairness to evardone, he is just being true to his new career: politics.

  • disqusted0fu

    By now, politicians are figuring out that all it takes to get Pnoy on your side is by sucking up to him. That’s all which is required for you to be considered as a good performer and will eventually lead to you getting the perks that all his allies get.

  • LegalJustice



    Yes, definitely don’t believe in ” S U R V E Y ! ”


    It is just a tools to condition the mind of the filipino citizen.

    My only advice is if you love your country and free of Dynaty and Crooks then – LET YOUR VOTING POWER WORKS – NO VOTE FOR UNA CANDIDATES AND THEIR OFFSPRING – PLAIN AND SIMPLE !

    However if they try to buy your vote by all means get the money for that is PEOPLES MONEY – BUT DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM.

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